Watchability Rankings: No. 17 Knicks
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports’ Adi Joseph and Sean Highkin will be counting down NBA teams based on watchability for the upcoming 2013-14 seasons. We’ll go one team a day, from least-watchable to most, giving you an idea of what to keep an eye out for this season. Today, we continue with the No. 17 New York Knicks:
2012-13 record: 54-28, lost in second round of Eastern Conference playoffs
Adi Joseph’s 2013-14 record projection: 43-39, No. 6 seed in Eastern Conference
Two best players (2012-13 stats): PF Carmelo Anthony (28.7 points, 6.9 rebounds a game), C Tyson Chandler (10.4 points, 10.7 rebounds a game).
Overview: An experiment-by-necessity to move Anthony to power forward last season worked like a charm, as he led the NBA in scoring and had perhaps his best season. But the Knicks made a decision to get bigger this offseason. Andrea Bargnani and now-healthy Amar’e Stoudemire could join Chandler to provide a huge, skilled frontcourt or clog up the lane. Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith form a good but inconsistent backcourt for a team that seems likely to regress.
WHY YOU CAN’T MISS THEM
Carmelo unleashed: After an uninspired, oft-injured 2011-12, Anthony posted the best season of his career in 2012-13. He did it largely because of the aforementioned position change, which allowed him to post up smaller defenders. Coach Mike Woodson is sure to use those mismatches again this season, even with the addition of Bargnani and the health of Stoudemire. He is particularly effective on the right side of the lane.
The Brooklyn Nets thing: The Nets’ move into city limits seems to have revitalized both teams. And while Brooklyn went for big moves this offseason, the Knicks have the crown and don’t need to be so reactionary. But those four games are sure to be intense.
The best rapper in the NBA: It’s not even close. Shumpert, the 23-year-old shooting guard, doubles as 2wo 1ne, a rapper who absolutely sounds good enough to warrant fame without his basketball skills. Shumpert is one of the Knicks’ most promising players anyway, and his flat-top would merit mention. But the rap … [For more on NBA Watchability Rankings: No. 17 New York Knicks, click here.]